Bite-sized fruit fix

Bite-sized fruit fix

Fruits are healthy because of antioxidants and their rich fibrous texture. They make a convenient, easy-to-carry kind of snack and are clearly an healthy alternative for those who have ever-so-often sweet cravings. Apples, pears, oranges, papaya, cantaloupe or musk melon, strawberries and figs have several nutrients and antioxidants that improve heart health, provide lots of energy and help boost immunity. Because most fruits are rich sources of potassium, they are very useful in maintaining blood pressure by regulating the body’s sodium and potassium levels. The seasonal quality of fruit is also a useful way to include variety in your diet—not just for taste and texture, but also for the rich array of nutrients that different fruits can provide.

While all fruit, from bananas to pineapples and custard apples, is healthy, those listed here have extra properties which make them must-include-in-diet items.

Apples

Papaya

Cantaloupe

Strawberries

Figs

Madhuri Ruia is a nutritionist and Pilates expert. She runs InteGym in Mumbai, which advocates workouts with healthy diets.

Write to Madhuri at dietdesk@livemint.com

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